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Structural Case Study

Structural Steel Detailing Services in the Oil & Gas Sector for the Nigerian Government

The Client
Industrial Construction, Nigeria

Client Profile

The Client is one of the leading contractors for construction in the Oil & Gas sector, for the Nigerian government. They’re an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.


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The Challenge

The client was working on an oil refinery project, where they needed support with steel detailing for some of the supporting structures of the refinery. These structures are crucial to the functionality of the refinery, as they have to be stable enough to bear all kinds of loads, throughout the year, without a break. With extremely high safety concerns due to a fire hazard, the structural design needed to be thorough to support all steel members, junctions and reinforcements. The architectural and structural drawings received from the client had a lot of connection details missing.

The Solution

The project team first reviewed the structural drawings for the pipe rack structures, water pump shelters, PSV platform structures, power generator shelters, and instrument air package shelters before beginning the modeling process in Tekla, raised an RFI for the structural engineer, who made crucial changes in levels and details in the structure. The changes would ordinarily affect the construction scheduling but the project team worked to incorporate them into the model simultaneously as they received them, ensuring that the project deadlines are met.

Business Benefits

The structural reports, and timely RFIs raised by the project team enabled the client to modify their designs to strengthen the structure against potential hazards, well in time. Additionally, the client could capitalize on the time saved, which is often the fundamental problem with following traditional construction methods, in turn, causing a substantial loss in revenues.

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